Aug 12th 2021 | Posted in Public-Private Partnerships (P3) by Government Contracting Pipeline

Arkansas – Members of the Pope County Quorum Court are considering a public-private partnership (P3) to fund the construction of a new justice complex.
AR Pope County detention center Arkansas court evaluates P3 to fund new justice complex

Pope County detention center

Recent state legislation has cleared the way for P3 alternatives to be more viable in Arkansas, which prompted a private firm to suggest a partnership to the court, the county judge said.

In March 2020, voters defeated a bond initiative that would have allowed the county to use casino revenues to fund the construction of a new jail.
Under that proposal, the complex would have included a new sheriff’s department and 400-person detention center. In addition, the facility would have included a 911 center, emergency operations center, and two new Circuit Courts along with a coroner facility.